Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Orderly and neat; tidy.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • In thorough order; well-arranged; hence, neat; trim.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective Arranged in a manner befitting a ship; hence, trim; tidy; orderly.
  • adverb In a shipshape or seamanlike manner.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective meticulously neat and tidy
  • adjective Organized, serviceable, trained and ready for action

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adjective of places; characterized by order and neatness; free from disorder

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Short for obsolete shipshapen, arranged as a ship should be : ship + shapen, past participle of shape.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

ship +‎ shape; of nautical origin, based on the obligation of a sailor to keep his/her quarters arranged neatly and securely against the inevitable turbulence at sea. It also implies a neat and efficient packing to fit into the limited space typically allotted to service members aboard ship.

Examples

Comments

Log in or sign up to get involved in the conversation. It's quick and easy.

  • "The ship's in shipshape shape"

    -from Some Like it Hot

    December 2, 2009